Commanding updates to the CPU and GPU; exceptional array life; still the best touch pad and gesture reins of any mainframe.
Upgrades can get high-priced; Thunderbolt is an unconfirmed equipment with as-yet no well-matched products; still no dedicated HDMI, Blu-ray, or other wished-for options.
The underside line:
It’s a hefty investment, but the amalgamation of new high-end Intel PC options and AMD graphics makes the 15-inch MacBook Pro an all-nearly motivating force, with the new Thunderbolt I/O port as an added bonus.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro moves from Intel’s first Core i-series CPUs to the latest following-generation chips, formerly code-named Sandy Join. Not only that, you can not dredge up about considering an Intel Core i5 CPU in your 15-inch (or 17-inch) MacBook Pro–these use high-end quad-core Core i7 chips now. Our step-up $2,199 assess unit had a 2.2GHz quad-core i7, with 4GB of RAM and a huge 750GB hard drive (at only 5,400rpm, even if).
The largest bolt from the blue is the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s graphics PC. Instead of the Nvidia GeForce 330M graphics card earlier found in these systems, the GPUs now come from Nvidia’s longtime rival AMD. The base 15-inch model has an AMD Radeon HD 6490M, and our assess unit had an even closer 6750M. With Intel’s improved integrated graphics in the 13-inch models, that means that Nvidia has been completely ousted from the MacBook Pro line.
The iconic unibody aluminum construction remains, as does the large glass multitouch trackpad. Most of the ports and connections also wait the same, with one very notable new addendum. Where the Mini DisplayPort connection used to be, now an identically sized port is marked with a lightning-bolticon. That’s for Thunderbolt, Intel’s new high-speed powered-port equipment for data transfer anddisplays. The Thunderbolt tech is envisioned as a sort of possibility unified successor to USB, FireWire, and DisplayPort, allowing peripherals to carry data and video at 10Gbps (in the video above, we may have had a slip of the tongue and said Mbps, but we meant Gbps).
For now, at least, that look excellent is hypothetical. We have very modest thought of just so when Thunderbolt-well-matched peripherals will be available (even if Apple says the first ones should show up in the jump of 2011), how much they’ll cost, or if Apple will be adding the equipment to possibilitydisplays or iOS devices. For now, it’s a wait-and-see chance on a possibility equipment.